Tim Mowl: Redcliffe
This walk threads around Redcliffe, home of Bristol poet Thomas Chatterton, and presided over by the largest and most beautiful parish church in the country. Crass blocks of 1950s social housing dominate the southern fringes, while the inner circuit road cuts the suburb in half. As a consequence, St Mary Redcliffe and Chatterton’s House are stranded in a sea of arterial roads. Could the traffic be diverted along the New Cut on a Parisian-style embankment, leaving the church tranquil in a new cathedral-type close? Should Chatterton’s House and the remains of the School House be rescued as a fitting new memorial to the city’s most unfortunate son? Tim will be joined in the walk and discussion by Kate Vittle and Fran Haswell-Walls of ERS Ltd, who have been commissioned to consult with the Redcliffe community about their needs for a potential new community facility.
After the walk, join in a discussion about what you have seen over tea and cake.